Bob and I went out antique shopping on Saturday, and I now have more things for my creche - which is set up on my dining table. I need a frame/box setup for it, since it is much bigger than the small stable doohickey I got several years ago. I also incorportated the tavern model Bob made - it's next to the stable, with a little sign on the door that says "no room - try at stable".
I have a thing for 1940s and '50s christmas bits - I love chenille creatures and strange plastic Santas. I have mostly populated my creche with old children's toy animals and vintage christmas bits (I also have a couple of extra wise men, but I'm claiming they're attendants, since every king needs attendants). There just happen to be a couple of lead soldiers with gas masks and a porter, but peace on earth, etc. and someone to carry Mary's bags - it all makes sense if you don't think about it too hard.
The creche is my only real Christmas thing this year, since we will be spending christmas with Bob's relatives. We might put the artificial tree up at the house (half the Christmas ornaments are down there anyway), but we'll see. We're not even doing much present giving, just stockings for each other, since we prefer to spend money on the house.
Speaking of spending money, Bob got me the new Hardwick Hall textiles book and a gorgeous wreath brooch for my birthday - soooooo cool. The book is drool-worthy in the extreme, especially since I've been wrestling with the research for furnishing the Governor's House at Jamestown. I'm working on the layout for the bed cover (mine, not the Governor's) and the wool arrived a couple of days ago (I'm going to need considerably more wool), but there are all sorts of new projects suggesting themselves because of this book. Which is great, because I haven't done anything new in a while, and I'm tired of making store stock.
Well, this entry is random, isn't it?
To round it out, we saw "The Mist" yesterday, and while I enjoyed it, be warned that the ending is not cheerful. Don't go see it if you have young children.
And that's it. I'll be clever tomorrow.